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Rand Paul 2016?

Troglodite Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 2:10 PM
TcJ: Though I am not a perfect fit for any one school of thought, I am far more of a paeloconservative than a libertarian. On the other hand, on the basis of what I have seen to date, I would happily vote for Rand Paul--more happily, by far, than I would have voted for Ron Paul if he had been the GOP nominee. That said, I just hope that some of our loonier libertarian brethren do not start a campaign to convince themselves and everyone else that Rand is insufficiently libertarian to be deserving of their support.
Origanalist Again Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 2:55 PM
It's coming from two directions mainly, though there is obviosly some here who oppose him also.

The main thrust is as you guessed coming from the leftists who fear he might steal some of their thunder on civil liberties they never get from their own party and big L Libertarians who are fanatically puritanical about it.
Troglodite Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 2:42 PM
OA:

Thanks. You uphold my skepticism about human nature and my faith in human perversity and stupidity! Levity aside, who are these loonies? I get the strong impression that many of them are simply liberals or leftists who are trying to pull the GOP hard to the left, but never have any intention of actually supporting it.
Origanalist Again Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 2:32 PM
That campaign is already under way.

Yes I know we are all thinking, "2016 already?" But yes, 2016 already. Senator Rand Paul is interested in a run for the White House when President Obama makes his exit in four years.

Rand Paul, a pro-life member of the U.S. Senate from Kentucky who is the son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, says he is potentially interested in seeking the Republican nomination in 2016.

“That’s classified,” Paul told ABC’s Jonathan Karl when asked if he intended to run. “Am I interested and thinking about that? Yes.”

“I’m not...